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Long-time Post-Standard writers say goodbye

The largest newspaper brand in Syracuse is shifting toward its new model. More than 100 long-time employees were laid off in the process and Thursday was the last day for many of them.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The largest newspaper brand in Syracuse is shifting toward its new model. More than 100 long-time employees were laid off in the process and Thursday was the last day for many of them.

Jim O'hara has been covering courts for more than 30 years and has earned the respect of both his readers and those he frequently interviewed.

Attorney Emil Rossi has worked with O'Hara for 40 years. He said, “I look forward in the morning to reading what he has to say. He never gets it wrong. He knows the facts, what the legal issues are.”

As dozens of employees walked out of the Post-Standard building for the last time Thursday, a wealth of knowledge left with them. Some of those reporters have been covering Central New York for decades.

“We've lost a whole lot of community memory from the Post- Standard,” SU Professor and Former Dean of Newhouse School of Public Communications Dave Rubin said. “I think this means that for some time, this is a problem because the old hands are gone.”

Like Dick Case, who started writing a daily column for the paper in 1979. Today, he wrote his last column in the Post-Standard, saying he’s 77 years old and could have retired years ago, but stayed on. He thanked his readers and said, “It’s been a good run.”

The Post-Standard hopes to continue its good run with a new model that focuses on keeping up in the ever-changing world of journalism and delivering news to the next generation of readers. The paper will shift its focus toward its website.

The Post-Standard has said that even though the overall staff is smaller, there are still just as many reporters on the street covering Central New York.

Starting next week, the Post-Standard will only deliver its paper three days a week: Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. A smaller daily version can be bought at newsstands in Onondaga County.
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